Sunday, June 19, 2011

A Paper Trail Steppe

I have been pouring over bridal magazines, websites, and blogs today.  I have noticed a beautiful and inexpensive décor trend: paper products.  This is not the twirled together streamers of your thirteenth birthday or grandmas doilies under her cookies (well actually there are doilies but done with some pop).  I am just completely blow away with the beauty of all the paper décor I have found I just had to share.  For the bride looking to keep cost down but still wants beauty how perfect are these ideas?  Your guests will be talking for weeks about your decorations.

These are not your grandma’s doilies!  Imagine what a beautiful light these will cast as the night goes on.

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The above paper pinwheels left me salivating for more….

paper decor3 You know it is the “it” thing if Chanel has tapped into it (7000 handmade flowers at the Chanel Couture runway show 2009)

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My breath was taken away with beauty these origami cranes bring.  The Japanese tradition is to fold 1000 cranes.  For every crane folded you make a wish and it is said to come true.  What a love detail to bring to any wedding.  We give the bride and groom well wishes after all.

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This sweet idea could be followed with the lovely paper boutonnieres below.

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Paper décor as I said is a great way to keep cost down but does not have to be tacky or cheap looking.  The above displays prove how fantastic paper cane be.  Take these inspirations and run (well no running with scissors).

Friday, June 17, 2011

A Steppe to Progression

I am so excited to be bringing you this fabulous news!  As some you may know I have been asked to partner about with a group of fabulous ladies on a great new wedding blog,

Be U Weddings is the brain child of the talented Sacha Krasney.  Sacha's sought-after custom stationery designs, and www., have received numerous mentions in magazines and websites, including Chicago Social Magazine, CS Brides, Modern Bride, Daily Candy Chicago and Pop Sugar Chicago


Along side her, is the ever regal Abby Foster, bringing her editorial skills to the table.  Check out Abby’s creative fun read  And then there’s me, “stepping” in as their feature editor.

Launching July 15th, Be U Weddings is a chic and innovative real weddings blog that highlights unique weddings and advice for brides in the Chicagoland area and the Midwest. Samantha Saifer, Director of Marketing for Chicago Social Magazine and CS Brides says, “Sacha Krasney’s be U weddings blog is a must-read for the trend-setting Chicago bride. We’re already in love!”

We need your help. We're looking for extraordinary wedding events (engagement photo shoots, bridal showers, bachelor/bachelorette parties and weddings) and/or unique vendors and ideas to feature. Whether you've planned a romantic urban vintage soiree or a Great Gatsby-inspired wedding, we want to hear from you. Please help us spread the word and stay tuned!
To submit, visit

When you submit, you will automatically be entered into a special drawing for your chance to win a $100 gift certificate to Cleise Day Spa ( in Lincoln Park (or a $100 gift certificate to Squash U,, if you live outside the Chicagoland area). The drawing will take place on July 31st, so please submit your event/idea as soon as possible.


**** We are also looking for photographers, videographers, planners, stylists, cake decorators, florists and other wedding industry professionals who would like to submit weddings or ideas for publicity purposes. Please e-mail me if you have a vendor to share, ****

We are looking forward to inspiring brides-to-be and vendors alike.  We cant wait to hear from you!

I also want to extend a BIG thank you to Abby Foster and Sacha Krasney for bringing me in on this journey with them!!